The following is a weekly recap of the HOBI blog for the week 12/04-12/08.
- Multiple reports speculate Apple is preparing to launch the iPhone SE 2, at a much more affordable rate than their most recent mobile devices, by July of 2018. Rumors say the device will stick with the original four inch display screen but take on a sleeker and more modern design.
- Leading security firm Armis reveals BlueBorne vulnerabilities in millions of IoT devices, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers. Using BlueBorne, hackers can take control of the device and use it for a wide range of malicious activity, making it the most severe attack on IoT devices to date.
- WoeLab, a community tech hub and innovative lab in Lomé, Togo, West Africa, has constructed the first 3D printer made entirely out of e-waste. The lab hopes to use the device to start a “digital democracy” to educate locals on technological learning.
- British-Columbia based company, American Manganese, sees opportunity in the impending growth of lithium-ion batteries in the waste stream. The company is currently testing the deployment of hydrometallurgy as a response to end-of-life management.